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Meet Dallas’ Newest Music Festival: The Old 97’s County Fair

A Ferris wheel and live music downtown? We're on board.

A new music festival will debut in Dallas this spring.

The inaugural Old 97’s County Fair — with promises of “a ferris [sic] wheel, rides, food trucks, vendor booths, midway games, and activities for kids,” they’re allowed to call it that — is set for April 16 at Downtown Dallas’ Main Street Garden, per a press release that landed in the inbox this morning.

The festival, as you might expect from the name, will be headlined by the venerable Dallas act. The rest of the outstanding lineup is in a similar alt-country vein: Drive-By Truckers, Lucero, Deer Tick, Justin Townes Earle, Nikki Lane, Brent Best, and Madison King fill out the bill.

Homegrown Festival, that other springtime shindig at Main Street Garden (weather permitting), helped put this county fair together. Note that the seventh edition of our favorite local Texas-centric music festival is evidently still on for May. This year’s Homegrown lineup has yet to be announced, but for those keeping track at home, that’s two downtown music festivals within a little more than a month of each other. We’re on board.

All further proof that you don’t need to go to Austin to take part in this sort of thing.

Tickets for the Old 97’s County Fair will run you about $40, or $100 for VIP.